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Federal Election polling officials needed in Western NSW: AEC

Monday, 8th April, 2019

Polling officials helping out locals during the recent state election pre-poll.  PICTURE: Callum Marshall Polling officials helping out locals during the recent state election pre-poll. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

The Australian Electoral Commission has called on Western New South Wales residents to register their interest in being a polling official for the upcoming federal election.

State Manager for New South Wales, Warwick Austin said that around 50 polling officials will be required for the Western NSW region, including in Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia.

“Being a polling official provides people an opportunity to earn money, gain valuable experience and see behind the scenes of how the election is run,” Mr. Austin said.

 “There’s a variety of positions on offer with pay for the election day ranging from $400 to $1,000.”

 The majority of polling officials will work on election day only and rotate between tasks of polling place setup, voter mark-off, queue control, ballot box guard and counting.

“In Australia we’re fortunate to have an electoral system where each polling place creates the feeling of a community event,” said Mr Austin.

Being behind the scenes of that process as a polling official is fascinating and a really rewarding role.”

Overall, the AEC will employ around 80,000 polling officials at more than 8,000 voting venues across Australia for the 2019 federal election.

Approximately 50% of polling officials return to work for the AEC again.

For further information or to register your interest go to www.aec.gov.au/employment. No experience is required.

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